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Undergraduate research opportunities offered

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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Despite being a relatively recent concept in the academic world, undergraduate research has become a commonly offered program at colleges throughout the nation. Undergraduate research is useful for those applying to graduate school, medical school and careers within the science industries. Some graduate...

“Me Too” inspires sexual assault victims to share their stories

Mary Tjeerdsma, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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On Oct. 15, actress Alyssa Milano posted a tweet in response to recent sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Milano called on all women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to post ‘Me Too’ to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” On Oct. 16, Milano re...

Petition for MN secession

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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Many people have heard the long-running joke that Minnesota should secede the United States in order to join Canada.  This joke may have now evolved into something inconceivable.  According to the petition website change.org, Zachary Zaboj of Minnesota has established a petition directed towards gover...

KKK sends call-to-action letters to student-run publications

John Palmer, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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Earlier this month, a letter with no return address was received by SMSU, marked to be delivered to the university newspaper. When opened, the letter was revealed to have allegedly been sent by a “Loyal American Patriot” from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. In a heavy-handed cry for help,...

Student Senate grants spontaneous requests

Ben Broze, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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On Oct. 24, Student Senate voted in favor of two spontaneous requests for the Sociology Club and the Philosophy Club. The senate also discussed the issue of student turnout for events on campus that involve diversity and inclusion. The Sociology Club was granted a spontaneous request of $1,500 for travel an...

SMSU Professor published in “Poetry of Presence”

SMSU Professor published in “Poetry of Presence”

Emily Errico, News Editor

November 3, 2017


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SMSU English Professor Marianne Zarzana has recently had multiple poems published in “Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems”. The anthology featured a mixture of local and well-known poets. “I’m honored and humbled to be in the company of poets whose work I love,” said Zarz...

First transgender Playmate to debut

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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In its November issue, Playboy will feature its first transgender playmate. Ines Rau is a French fashion model who has posed for American Vogue and Italian Vogue. Rau was born male, but underwent sex reassignment surgery at the age of 16.  Rau was born in Paris, but now in her 20s would like to sett...

It’s never too early for “Shades of the Past”

It’s never too early for “Shades of the Past”

Jason Mueller, Guest Writer

November 3, 2017


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While many are welcoming the fall season in and eagerly awaiting winter break, those who love classic cars and the exciting shows that come along with them have already begun to plan for the 2018 Shades of the Past car show held in Marshall each year. The last show in June featured nearly 400 vehicles ...

Benefits and risks of flu shots weighed

Rachel DeSutter, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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On Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the employees of SMSU were given the opportunity to receive the annual flu vaccine in the Lower Ballroom of the Conference Center. The price of the shots were $33 but employees who presented a Minnesota Advantage Health Plan ID card were vaccinated free of charge. A...

Past SMSU President Jon Wefald raised freshmen enrollment by 30%

Past SMSU President Jon Wefald raised freshmen enrollment by 30%

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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Jon Wefald was Southwest Minnesota State University’s third permanent president. Wefald is credited with saving the school when the attendance reached concerning low levels in 1974 and 1975. The school, which was called Southwest State University at that time, saw a dangerous drop in student enrol...

Blue to Brown Connection Program combines SMSU, MinnWest experience

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

October 19, 2017


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During this past summer, Rob Forget, Matt Suby, Brittany Krull and others worked with Minnesota West to devise a program that included a collaboration between MinnWest and SMSU.  After coming up with the Blue to Brown Connection program, and having it be accepted in July, the two schools immediately be...

President Connie Gores reflects during SMSU’s anniversary

President Connie Gores reflects during SMSU’s anniversary

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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Southwest Minnesota State University recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. SMSU has come a long way since its founding in 1967. Current SMSU President Connie J. Gores works to preserve SMSU’s heritage while also looking forward to the school’s future. Gores was born and raised in North Dakota. Gores...

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